More people are prone to overthink and analyse than they will readily admit. While sometimes the thorough approach to problems and tasks can be helpful, the mind can race away and starting working against itself and goals.
Not being able to contain one's mind can be scary and detrimental to anyone's life.
Obsessive patterns and non stop analysing can lead to more problems like severe depression and anxiety disorders. Women (57%) are more likely to overthink than men (43%).
The same study showed that overthinking was prevalent in young to middle aged adults. Results showed that a whopping 73% of 23-35 year-olds were identified as over thinkers.
Do You Instinctively Second Or Triple Guess Yourself?
While you have checked your math or reasoning before, you check it again and again. It's almost compulsive, but you are afraid that you made a mistake and don't want to look foolish or let anyone down. Fear of potential failed outcomes drives the person into a panic.
Take deep breaths and grow your awareness of particular stressors that trigger this fear. Do thorough research to combat your irrationality. Fear has trouble standing against fact. Busy yourself with positive activities: creating, sharing, exploring and spending time with loved ones.
Are You Constantly Analysing Everything?
It doesn't matter what it is, or how tired you are, you can't turn your brain off. It picks up anything it can, and immediately starts to dissect and explore it. Even when you don't want to, you have to try to distract it or through tremendous effort stop it momentarily.
Well if you are going to overthink, might as well be productive with it. Set aside time, say fifteen minutes, in which you document the thoughts or speak out loud to yourself. This takes the nervous/fearful energy and habit and transforms it into a positive and productive one.
Do You Usually Take Things Personally?
You try your best all the time and try to account for everything. When something slips through the cracks you find yourself on the defensive, even when unprovoked. Even when you know the person doesn't mean to be insulting or rude, any offhanded comment or criticism is taken as an affront.
Are You A Perfectionist?
Everything has to be your definition of perfect. It has to look like, work like, act like, taste like exactly what you envisioned, with out fail. You have no patience for compromise, as you have looked at the issue from every angle and your way is the best way.
Perfection is impossible and the pursuit of the impossible will not fare well for those involved. In small increments, move away from 'This must be perfect', to 'I did my best'.
Does The Uncertainty Of The Future Scare You?
The uncertainty of 'what could be' or 'might be' scares you incredibly badly. It is the reason that you double check everything, and am always on alert. Despite your best efforts, nothing you can do eases the agony of even the slimmest possibilities.
Try this. Anytime you find yourself bogged down in thought, close your eyes and take some deep breaths. Focus on nothing but your breath, bringing around a meditative state. Count your breaths, up to ten. Anytime you start wandering into the future, pull your attention back to your breath. You cannot control the future.
Can You Not Detach From Your Thoughts To Sleep At Night?
People have trouble sleeping at night for varied reasons. Your inability stems from the same thing, night after night. You go over and over a past event, problem, future obstacle or emotion. You analyse it incessantly and tirelessly. You even remark to yourself that this process is going nowhere, especially as the night wanes on and you get more tired.
Set aside an hour before you go to bed and write your thoughts down. Feel free to doodle, write fiction or whatever suites you! Burning away some of that energy in an productive and creative way can help relax the mind.